TOWN OF WAUSAUKEE — Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve reported Tuesday that Marinette County recorded its ninth traffic fatality on 2018 on Tuesday as a result of a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 180 near Oxbow Lane in the Town of Wausaukee.

“Yesterday, it was announced that 16 county jails are eligible for a medication-assisted treatment program funded by a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS),” he said. “I am happy to see our efforts put into action. Programs like this save lives and help those in recovery stay on the path towards success.”

The funding for the grants was provided in the most recent round of the HOPE Agenda bills. Participating inmates will receive a dose of an injectable medication before their release that treats opioid use disorder. A treatment plan after release that includes counseling and follow-up injections provided in the community is also established. 

Wisconsin has passed 30 bipartisan pieces of legislation as a part of the HOPE Agenda. Through partnerships with law enforcement, the recovery community and healthcare professionals and many others, Wisconsin is seeing decreases in the amount of opioids prescribed.

¦ When comparing the 2017 April-June time period to the same months in 2016, 2017 saw 17.5 million fewer opioid dosages dispensed. This represents a 12 percent decrease from the previous year.

¦ When comparing the 2017 June – December time period to the same months in 2016, there was a decrease of 433,639 total opioids prescriptions, or a 16 percent decrease.

¦ When comparing 2015 to 2017, 20 percent fewer opioids were dispensed, 1,039,646 fewer prescriptions.

“I would like to thank Gov. Scott Walker for his continued support and passion for this issue,” Nygren said. “Additionally, I would like to thank Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch who is co-chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse with me. Due to her leadership on this issue as well as her hard work on the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse, Wisconsin is leading the way.”